Indigenous bacteria gives maize crops a helping hand
A local bacteria that grows around plant roots could help SA farmers save money by improving maize yields and reducing crop water stress. According to researchers at the University of Pretoria’s (UPs) Department of Plant and Soil Science...
Decolonising archaeology at UP
What does decolonising archaeology mean? Professor Innocent Pikirayi and Dr Ndukuyakhe Ndlovu from the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of Pretoria (UP) have set out to answer this question through their research...
Painting a new picture of South African rock art
Archaeology researchers at the University of Pretoria are finding new ways to interpret the ancient rock art found in overhangs and on rock walls around South Africa.
Tapping ancient water for the present
Researchers at UP’s Department of Anthropology and Archaeology are piecing together how communities living in the 11th-16th century CE city of Great Zimbabwe sourced and managed their water resources. While many think the bustling paradise was...
UP researcher traces new maps of ancient networks
Mapping trade networks in the Mapungubwe state is revealing complex political and social structures and changing researchers’ ideas of how the Great Kingdom was structured and operated.
On the edges of Mapungubwe’s influence
New research and excavations in the Limpopo Valley are providing an unprecedented understanding of the 13th century Mapungubwe state and turning Western ideas about political structures in Africa on their heads along the way.
Past and present stories of Africa
New techniques, new attitudes and new perspectives on southern African archaeology mean that the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of Pretoria (UP) is blazing a new trail and setting the standard for how archaeology should...
Complying with international safety standards for pesticides will make our fresh produce safer
Dr Mbulaheni Mutengwe and the food safety research team at the DST/NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security has proposed changes to current pesticide control that would help bring the standard of local fresh produce to the same level of compliance as exp
Fresh produce from informal traders: Is it safe to eat?
Unlike restaurants or conference venues that must be formally licensed to prepare and serve food, catering for local church weddings or funerals does not need to comply with specific health and safety standards.
Managing food losses from farm to table
When consumers see fresh produce on the market shelf or on their plate, they often have very little idea of the losses incurred on the journey from the farm.